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Jun 28 17:28

US To Deploy Israeli Missile System On Russian Borders: General

The US military has tested an Israeli short-range missile for possible use in its European network of missile systems to deter Russia, says a US Army general.

Jun 28 16:39

Russia Officially Bans GMOs, Predicts Total Domestic Food by 2020

By Brandon Turbeville

As Monsanto and Big Ag takes a beating around the world (except for the U.S.), Russia has dealt another blow to the multi-national corporation. The Russian State Duma has recently passed a bill banning both the import and production of genetically modified foods. While the United States moves forward with its attempts to pass the authoritarian DARK Act, Russia is moving in the opposite direction...

Jun 28 15:52

How Russia, China are Creating Unified Eurasian Trade Space

Russia is pushing ahead with its project of a "more extensive Eurasian partnership" involving the Eurasian Economic Union, Moscow's CIS partners as well as China, India, Pakistan and Iran; meanwhile, Beijing and Moscow continue to build a Eurasian economic corridor that will stretch from Shanghai to Berlin.

Jun 28 12:21

US Accuses Russia Of Harassing Its Diplomats

The United States has complained bitterly to Moscow over harassment of American diplomats by Russian security agents and traffic police, the State Department says.

Jun 28 11:17

US TO DEPLOY ISRAELI MISSILE SYSTEM ON RUSSIAN BORDERS: GENERAL

The US military has tested an Israeli short-range missile for possible use in its European network of missile systems to deter Russia, says a US Army general.

Major General Glenn Bramhall of the US Army’s Air and Missile Defense Command made the comments on Monday, as he visited the occupied Palestinian territories.

Bramhall said his units needed a reliable system to counter less powerful missile threats as a third tier beside the Army’s array of midrange Patriot and THAAD missile systems.

“Patriot and THAAD are great systems that do what they were designed to do. But I don’t think we would want to waste a Patriot or a THAAD missile on something that can be affected by something that’s lower cost and is actually designed for that job itself,” the general told Reuters.

For that purpose, he said the US military has test-launched a variant of the Israeli “Tamir” rocket which is incorporated to the Tel Aviv regime’s so-called Iron Dome missile system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT Russian "...military buildup in Europe." ?!?!?!?

It has been the US and NATO which have been doing a huge military buildup on the borders with Russia, not the other way around.

Folks, we are being fed this codswallop to "groom" the American public toward accepting a shooting war against Russia; this is a war the US military may well not win, because the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

The weapons procurement system is nothing short of incestuous in this country, because those Congressional representatives who hand out contracts for weapons are, themselves, funded by those same weapons companies.

So the end of the day, most of what our military gets in terms of weaponry is frightfully over budget; obsolete even before it is field-deployed; and rarely functioning as they are supposed to function.

A brilliant example of this problem is the tale of the F-35, consistently embroiled in a string of terrible problems which appears to be never-ending. As reported by Claire Bernish at activistpost.com in February of this year:

As is typical for the Pentagon’s continuous mismanagement of its enormous budget, the F-35 fighter program — with its $1.5 trillion cost to taxpayers so far — continues to be fraught with complications and failures. According to an 82-page report released Monday, myriad flaws still plague the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, including an ejection system likely to break the necks of pilots under 136 pounds. “Testing showed that the ejection seat rotates backwards after ejection. This results in the pilot’s neck becoming extended, as the head moves behind the shoulders in a ‘chin up’ position,” the report states.

Forgive me, but did none of the engineers at Lockheed-Martin see this coming?!?

As those of you know who occasionally read my posts on this blog, I hate the concept of war as being the US government's answer to geopolitical disputes; but that having been said, should the US government go to war, I want our military to have the best of the best.

And because of the way our weapons procurement program is structured, getting weapons that work, and are delivered on time, and within budget, is just about as rare as is a unicorn.

Jun 28 10:57

SAUDIS LOBBY WASHINGTON INSIDERS TO SUPPORT U.S. LED REGIME CHANGE IN SYRIA

That 51 US diplomats reproached President Obama’s Syria policy by calling for greater American military force deployed against the Damascus government was itself a remarkable sign of official dissent within Washington. But the president’s authority was further brazenly undermined when a few days later the Saudi rulers endorsed the dissenting US diplomats – while being received at the White House.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly suggest to Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the US, Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud, that there is an elephant in the room, snoozing on the Bosendorfer, which no one in power in the US or Saudi Arabia wants to address, in terms of this kind of action by the US military, and that is the presence of the Russian military, at the invitation of the Syrian government.

A attempted decap strike by the US military may well devolve into a shooting war with Russia; is that what the Saudi Arabian government and House of Saud would like to see happen?!?

Such a war could prove not only a military disaster for the US, because our military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to ensure a successful outcome; but also, it could be a complete train wreck for the US economy as a whole.

As reported at money.cnn.com in May of this year:

Saudi Arabia stockpiled $116.8 billion of U.S. Treasuries as of March, the Treasury Department announced on Monday, ending four decades of keeping the figure secret. That makes Saudi Arabia the 13th largest foreign holder of U.S. debt, though well behind the $1 trillion-plus owned by China and Japan each. The Saudi figure was first reported by Bloomberg News based on a Freedom of Information Act request. Unlike with most other major owners of U.S. debt, the Treasury Department kept Saudi Arabia's precise holdings secret since the 1970s. Saudi's holdings were lumped together with that of other oil exporting nations, including Venezuela and Iraq. But that policy ended on Monday as the Treasury Department disclosed precise holdings by specific countries that were previously grouped together. A Treasury official told CNNMoney the move was made following a review aimed at trying to provide more

Does the Saudi government want to see its investment in US Treasuries be placed in a situation from which that investment cannot recover?!? I would, frankly, have a hard time believing that it would.

So, if this is not the case, I would strongly caution the Saudi government against lobbying for a direct decap strike against Al-Assad; the ultimate outcome of such a strike could backfire, big-time, on Saudi Arabia's already precarious financial position, with the price of oil as low as it is right now.

Jun 28 10:21

Good-Bye, Europe! Ukrainians Don't Want to Be in the EU Anymore

Many Ukrainians are already talking about the fact that the EU does not need Ukraine. The number of people dissatisfied with the European Union is increasing every day.

Today the political elite continue to actively discuss the question of what will happen to Ukraine and how it will be affected by the outcome of the will of the British people.

Many are sounding that the EU will never take Ukraine in its composition, so as to solve their internal problems, in order not to disintegrate completely. And Ukrainians should not think about the visa-free regime in the near future. As it turns out, the sounds are not groundless.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, that whole US-backed coup and subsequent war was all for nothing!

Jun 28 10:20

BEX ALERT -Breaking into homes, assassinating dogs, and even DEFECATING on carpets: The increasingly criminal and bizarre measures Russian agents are taking to intimidate US diplomats in Europe - that have forced John Kerry to officially complain to Putin

Russian agents have been going to extreme and peculiar lengths to harass US diplomats and ambassadors in Europe, a report claims.

Jun 28 10:06

Russian State Duma Passes Total Ban on GMO Crops and Animals

Russia’s State Duma adopted Friday the third and final reading of a government bill that introduces a total ban on the cultivation and breeding in Russia of genetically modified (GM) plants and animals, except for scientific research purposes.

Jun 28 09:58

Poroshenko Calls to Ignore the Outcome of the UK Referendum

Supporting the idea of a Brexit in the UK referendum became an information bomb for Petro Poroshenko, who came to power under the slogan of Ukraine joining the EU. London was seen as one the main lobbyists of Ukrainian interests in the EU. Another lobbyist, Poland, is not such a powerful foreign policy player as the UK. Another reason for the frustration is the blow struck to the attractiveness of the European Union. Until now, European countries have sought to enter the Union and not come back. Therefore, the decision of the British people expressed in the referendum is perhaps the strongest foreign policy defeat of the Poroshenko regime.

Jun 28 09:55

FSB raids 14 Scientology offices in Russia in money laundering probe

The Federal Security Service has conducted 14 simultaneous raids on the Church of Scientology offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg. It seized documents that could shed light on the organization’s illegal financial dealings in Russia.

The simultaneous raid across the two cities follow the November 2015 court decision in Moscow that ruled that the Church of Scientology did not comply with federal laws on freedom of religion, as it used its trademark for financial gain.

Jun 28 08:10

US Destroyer Committed ‘Gross Violation’ in Encounter With Russian Ship

A US destroyer violated international and bilateral agreements by approaching a Russian ship dangerously close this month, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

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Jun 28 06:54

Turkey will not pay compensation over downed Russian jet

(*I SAID I WAS SORRY !
Erkdagian )

Jun 28 06:54

Why Erdogan apologized to Putin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apologized to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the shooting down of a Russian Su-24 bomber in the skies over Syria, the president's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said. According to experts, Erdogan took such a step due to the deterioration in relations with the EU over refugees and the economic consequences of the breakdown in relations with Moscow.

Erdogan's letter to Putin, which the Kremlin announced on June 27, 2016, expresses regret over the Russian Su-24 bomber downed in Syria at the end of November 2015.

“After the Su-24 incident, Turkey tried in its foreign policy to find allies on this issue by playing on the contradictions between the European Union and Russia,” Alexei Arbatov, head of the International Security Center at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations at the Russian Academy of Sciences, said in an interview with RBTH.

According to him, the economic and political situation in the country has forced Ankara to change its position with the financial crisis and rupture of relations with Moscow having an extremely negative impact on the country's budget.

(*He put a humongous bet on the EU , and then BREXIT happened )

Jun 27 15:34

Europeans Contest US Anti-Russian Hype

A significant crack has been unexpectedly opened in the wall of Europe’s disciplined obedience to the United States. I’m not only referring to the possible long-term consequences for U.S.-European relations in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, but the unlikely blow against Washington’s information war on Moscow delivered by Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who a week ago shockingly accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization of “war-mongering” against Russia.

Jun 27 14:54

Erdogan apologizes to Putin over death of Russian pilot, calls Russia ‘friend & strategic partner’

Looks like Erdogan can see the handwriting on the wall. Between Brexit and Trump. The US decline.He has seen the error of his ways...maybe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has received a letter in which his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for the death of the pilot who was killed when a Russian jet was downed over the Syrian-Turkish border last November, the Kremlin said.
Erdogan expressed readiness to restore relations with Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

Jun 27 13:05

Stop Sabre-Rattling Before It’s Too Late

One shudders to watch Hillary Clinton aspire to be a commander-in-chief... It’s also inevitable that land, sea and air provocations against Russia will eventually result in accidental clashes and a stern Russian response. All one needs is a Sarajevo II terror incident to spark a big shooting war between nuclear powers.

Jun 27 12:41

Washington fears Brexit will unravel its anti-Russia policy

Britain’s stunning referendum vote to leave the European Union has thrown a cat among the pigeons, not least in Washington, where it is feared that the “Brexit” could scupper its anti-Russian policy.

That tacit policy is a foundation of the postwar international order whereby Washington – thanks to its trusty British acolyte – has been able to exert hegemony over Europe. Nearly seven decades of American transatlantic domination are at risk of crumbling.

The unscheduled, hasty visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Brussels followed by London on Monday is a sure sign that Washington is alarmed at the historic decision by the British electorate to quit the EU – after 43-year membership of the bloc.

“Kerry urges Britain, EU to manage their divorce responsibly,” was how American news outlet ABC reported the diplomat’s detour. The outlet went on to say with a pretense of chivalry that Kerry’s concern was “for the sake of global markets and citizens”.

Jun 27 11:05

How the Pentagon is Preparing for a Tank War With Russia

These days, the charismatic director of the Army’s Capabilities Integration Center is knee-deep in a project called The Russia New Generation Warfare study, an analysis of how Russia is re-inventing land warfare in the mud of Eastern Ukraine. Speaking recently at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., McMaster said that the two-year-old conflict had revealed that the Russians have superior artillery firepower, better combat vehicles, and have learned sophisticated use of UAVs for tactical effect. Should U.S. forces find themselves in a land war with Russia, he said, they would be in for a rude, cold awakening.

“We spend a long time talking about winning long-range missile duels,” said McMaster. But long-range missiles only get you through the front door. The question then becomes what will you do when you get there.

Jun 27 08:14

NATO STARTS MASSIVE WAR GAMES IN UKRAINE

Member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including forces from the US, have launched a large-scale military exercise in westerns Ukraine. The war games, dubbed Rapid Trident, kicked off at 9:00 am local time on Monday at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center (IPSC) in Yavoriv in western Ukraine, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said. At least 2,000 troops from more than 14 NATO member states and their partners in eastern Europe attend the exercises, according to the ministry.

Jun 27 08:06

COMMUNIST REVOLUTION AND THE CREATION OF ISRAEL

Is it not the international politics’ most significant coincidence that the Balfour declaration for the creation of Israel was passed in the same fateful year: November 1917, in which the February and October communist revolutions were taking place in Russia? Coincidences do happen but sometimes they are contrived to look like mere coincidences. No informed person can deny the importance of oil for the industrial economies, but it is generally believed in the foreign policy circles that oil took a center stage in the international politics only after the collective Arab oil embargo of 1973 against the West, when the price of oil quadrupled in a short span.

Jun 27 08:03

Erdogan Apologizes To Putin Over Death Of Russian Pilot, Calls Russia "Friend", Restores Ties With Israel

In two stunning geopolitical developments over the past 24 hours, Turkey - which is finding itself increasingly snubbed by not only Europe but also the US - has pivoted dramatically and shortly after restoring full deplomatic ties with another country that has recently seen the cold shoulder from the Obama administration, namely Israel, moments ago apologized to Russia for last year's downing of a Russian jet which allegedly crossed above its territory as part of the Russian campaign against ISIS.

Jun 27 07:49

Russian Military Delivers Over Six Tonnes of Aid to Syrian Hama, Aleppo

Over six tonnes of humanitarian aid, including flour, food sets and confectioneries have been delivered to low-income families in the Syrian provinces of Hama and Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Jun 27 07:48

Russia’s Pivot to Asia: From Tashkent to Beijing

Amid the ongoing sanctions war with the West, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin raised the stakes of his Asian policy by visiting the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Tashkent, followed up by planned talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Jun 27 07:22

Russian State Duma Passes Total Ban on GMO Crops and Animals

The Sate Duma has also given the Russian Government the right to prevent the import of products containing GMOs in to Russia, if it is revealed that a specific GMO has a negative impact on human health and/or the environment

Russia’s Agriculture Minister, Alexander Tkachev, stated Friday; ”The Ministry of Agriculture is strongly against GMOs, Russian products will remain clean.”

Jun 27 07:07

Germany Is Destroying Itself While NATO Promotes Aggression

Germany is disassembling itself, says Willy Wimmer, former State Secretary of the CDU (German Christian Democratic Party) and its „conscience“. For 33 years Wimmer was a member of the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament). Now he is one of the harshest critics of Angela Merkel in Germany. These are excerpts from his recent interview with Markus Gärtner, where Wimmer talked about the recent statement of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who slammed NATO for warmongering against Russia.

Jun 27 07:04

Putin: "David Cameron has a low level of political culture"

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, having stated that “Putin will be happy” with the results of the referendum on leaving the EU, has a low level of political culture. This was stated by President Vladimir Putin on June 24th while concluding his visit to Tashkent where he hosted the SCO summit.

“I believe that this is none other than an inappropriate attempt to influence public opinion in his own country. Especially after the vote, in my opinion, nobody has the right to say something about the role of Russia. This is none other than a manifestation of a low level of political culture.”

Jun 26 15:50

The New Iron Curtain — Our new cold war with Russia risks World War III

It’s time to lift the new iron curtain that is descending across Europe. Russia and the United States have many interests in common: a new cold war, which could easily escalate into a hot war, is in no one’s interests.

Jun 26 07:55

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.

But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.

Jun 25 04:08

State Department Syria memo: Setting the stage for war with Russia

Secretary of State John Kerry met Tuesday morning with several of the State Department “diplomats” who drafted an internal dissent memo calling for the US to launch air strikes against the Syrian government, supposedly as a means of bringing an end to the five-year-old war that has claimed well over a quarter of a million lives and driven over half the Syrian population from their homes.

The New York Times reported that Kerry and 10 of 51 mid-level operatives who signed the memo “engaged in a surprisingly cordial conversation” over the memo, which was leaked to the media virtually before the ink on it was dry.

There was nothing surprising about the tone of the meeting. Traveling in Europe when the memo surfaced in the press last week, Kerry described it as “an important statement.”

Jun 24 16:16

Putin on Brexit: "Some Don't Want to Dissolve National Borders"

President Putin linked the results of the British referendum to the high concentration of power within the EU structure.

“The percentage of mandatory decisions made by the European Parliament is larger than that of mandatory decisions made by the High Council of the USSR concerning its member-republics. This means that the powers are highly concentrated within [the administrative body of the EU],” the Russian president said.

“Perhaps some are satisfied with this state of affairs, some do want to move along this road of dissolving the national borders, but some don’t. As the referendum results have shown, the majority of Britons don’t want to follow this path,” Putin added.

Jun 23 17:07

EU, you can learn from Russia how to be really "multicultural" and not "blended": More Than 100 Nationalities in One Place (Video)

Where else would so many nationalities live peacefully side by side over many centuries? Russia is a multicultural country where over a hundred different nationalities have lived side by side over centuries. Some people may wonder how all of them are able to coexist on one territory. Actually, they do so perfectly well. And the best example is Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave in Europe, and one of the most multinational regions of Russia, hosting about 130 different nationalities. On this occasion they decided to prove their unity by organizing a festival of national cultures: “The Great Russia”. Traditional costumes, authentic food, folk music and other unique features of every nationality was represented in this event.

Jun 23 16:45

Invasion of Ukro-vacationers in Crimea. The cholera came to Odessa?

The dirt on the beaches of Odessa and the threat of cholera forced the Ukrainians to remember the "blocked" Peninsula. In Alushta the lines of car with the Kiev numbers. The Ukrainians unload their trunks on the streets of Yalta. The Ukrainian hit of this summer — taking the long way on the Federal highway "Don". To go through mainland Ukraine is very risky - there's a bunch of armed camouflaged bandits on the roads. Greetings from ATO — according to official data in the hands of these "heroes" there are more than 4 million units of illegal automatic weapons. Looting, taking away the cars, killing passers have become commonplace. If there are reliable travel companions, much safer to cross the Russian border from Kursk and Belgorod, to move up to Krasnodar and from there to the Kerch Strait. The current flow of Ukrainians to the Crimean coast coincided with the state of emergency on the main beach resort of the Ukraine.

Jun 23 14:55

Putin: Russia Will Respond To ‘Aggressive NATO Rhetoric’

Russia will take adequate measures to counter NATO’s increasingly ‘aggressive rhetoric,’ President Vladimir Putin told MPs.

Jun 23 14:49

1418 Candles Lit: Russia Commemorates 75th Anniversary Of Nazi Invasion Of Soviet Union

June 22 marks exactly 75 years ago since the start of the Great Patriotic War. On that day in 1941, Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union.

Jun 23 14:48

Is Moscow preparing for new Cold War? Russia agrees to build spy base in Nicaragua and prepares to deploy missiles on Polish border 

Russia has agreed a deal to build an electronic intelligence-gathering base in Nicaragua, which will no doubt renew fears of a new Cold War.
The deal between Moscow and Managua, which will also involve the sale of 50 Russian T-72 tanks, comes as President Putin's regime ramps up the pressure on Nato in eastern Europe.
Russia said it would be deploying nuclear-capable missiles in the Kaliningrad enclave, close to the Polish border, by 2019 and may even site them in newly annexed Crimea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the person who wrote this codswallop:

1. Crimea was NOT annexed. When Yanukovich was thrown under the bus by the US/EU/NATO sponsored coup, and Poroshenko was "installed" as President Crimea realized that there was no legitimate government in Kiev. They then held a free and fair referendum for the Crimean people, asking them if they wanted to join the Russian Federation; when that referendum had been completed, Crimea requested to join the Russian Federation, which the Russian Federation accepted.

2. Neither Crimea or Russia did anything wrong here.

3. Crimea had been part of Russia until the Ukrainian-born Premier of Russia, Nikita Khrushchev, annexed Crimea for Ukraine (but of course, the writer of this article could not possibly be bothered with historical realities, could they?!?)

4. Putin is simply reacting to the pressure put upon him by the US and NATO, in their characterisation of Russia as "aggressive", when it is the US government and NATO which are being the aggressors.

My thought on Putin's installation of nuclear capable missiles into Kaliningrad is, that I would bet on that happening far sooner than 2019, depending on how peace-centric the next President of the US is going to be.

IF Clinton gets elected/steals the election, I wouldn't bet against Putin installing those nuclear capable missiles in Kaliningrad before the end of this year.

Jun 23 12:16

Vault Guidance? US May Resurrect Cold War Era Department To Combat Russian ‘Spies’

Washington’s dug into the vaults for guidance on tackling what it sees as undercover Russian actions. And it’s definitely got a Cold War feel.

Jun 23 12:05

NATO Cannot Resist Against Russia: US General

A US army commander has acknowledged that NATO is currently unable to resist against Russian power in the Baltics, saying Moscow could take over the regional countries faster than the military alliance could defend them.

Jun 23 11:27

Azov and Donbas battalions return to frontline to "terrorize separatists"

“First and foremost we are talking about the operational rapid response brigade of the Ukrainian National Guard and also units of the specially distinguished Azov and Donbas battalions. They are returning to the frontline and will fulfill their mission of direct contact with the enemy”. The advisor to the head of the Interior Ministry also noted that these units have proved their high “competence and efficiency” many times in terrifying the so-called separatists. “Now, during yet another escalation of the conflict, the positions of the UAF are subjected to daily shelling by the terrorists, and the enemy’s sabotage and reconnaissance groups and snipers have been re-activated. Therefore, the return of volunteers who in their time inflicted terror upon the separatists and have now undergone professional military training, is justified,” Shkiryak said.

Jun 23 11:24

French Journalist: Despite War, Living in DPR Is Much More Comfortable Than in the West

...when I saw a patch with a Nazi symbol on the shoulder a "student", I realized how my fellow citizens had been duped. I began to closely monitor events in Ukraine, and when I saw the poor people of Donbass, who just wanted the federalization of the country, and for this they started to shoot at them from tanks and bomb them with planes, I couldn't stand aside...

Jun 23 11:14

US Anti-Missile Shield or Sword? NATO Is a Racket

Semantics may deceive the civilian layman, but the Russians have always known the "shield" is a sword. Immediately after the ceremony of inauguration of the antiballistic shield at Deveselu, President Vladimir Putin said that the US military facility in Romania is directed against Russia. The shield at Deveselu would cover not Iran, but Russia and its nuclear deterrent capabilities. The defensive character of the anti-missile program is also doubtful... What are the risks for Romania?
We don’t need to spend more on military than the next 25 countries combined, and we don’t need an outdated “defensive” alliance that bombs defenseless nations and peddles American-made weapons to countries that have no use for them. NATO is a racket. - http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/nato-racket/ri15080

Jun 23 11:08

Dmitry Orlov: The US Is Sleepwalking Towards A Nuclear Confrontation

Following his cautionary analysis on the increasing tension between the US/NATO and Russia, Chris interview Dmitry Orlov this week about the potential likelihood for actual direct conflict to break out between the world powers. Orlov was born and raised in Leningrad in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States in the mid 70s, He has spent the past several decades traveling back and forth between the two countries, writing about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many similarities he sees between that and the secular decline happening in the West...

Jun 23 10:43

The Importance of Putin's Remarks on Judo to Understanding The Man and His Goals

On the eve of his 56th birthday on October 7, 2008, Vladimir Putin put out an instructional Judo video for beginners, entitled, Let's Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin... Putin states that in his childhood (at age 13, to be exact) he was "lucky enough" to find the world of Judo: "[A] world of courage, sincerity and generosity. A world where the primary value is not physical force, but human qualities. The Judo school is a school of mutual assistance and cooperation. Self-confidence, vigor, purposefulness, respect for elders, teammates and opponents are highly valued there... This sport makes our life more humane; brings people together; and gives us powerful, positive emotions"...

Jun 23 10:32

Lavrov, Ayrault to discuss Ukraine, Russia’s relations with EU, NATO

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in Paris June 29. "There are plans for in-depth exchange of opinion on crucial topics of the international agenda. Among other things Lavrov and Ayrault will touch upon interaction in the struggle with new challenges and threats, the outlook for a settlement in Ukraine, cooperation in the United Nations and Russia’s relations with the European Union and NATO. Also, there will be an exchange of opinion on the entire range of issues of bilateral relations".

Jun 23 10:29

Moscow explans invitation to Turkish foregn minister to attend BSEC meeting. No plans for Lavrov-Cavusoglu meeting

The Turkish foreign minister was invited to a meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation foreign ministers in Sochi in keeping with Russia’s obligations as the organization’s president: "All foreign ministers from the member-countries and the participating observers were invited to the BSEC meeting of foreign ministers due in Sochi on July 1. An invitation to the 34th meeting of BSEC foreign ministers was dispatched to the Turkish foreign minister, too. "It was delivered to the recipient. It was our duty". Zakharova pointed out that Russia was very scrupulous about its obligations. "On June 29 - July 1 Sochi will host the final session ending Russia’s presidency of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation"... There are no plans for now for arranging a separate meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in case he attends the forthcoming conference of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation foreign ministers in Sochi.

Jun 23 10:23

Moscow notes increased pressure on Russian diplomats in US

"We have taken note of the media reports suggesting that the US Congress is working out a bill for stepping up surveillance over Russian diplomats and restricting their movement in the US territory. We have recently felt a significant increase in pressure on the Russian embassy and consulates general of our country in the United States". According to Zakharova, staff members of Russia’s consulate missions abroad "regularly become the objects of provocations by the American secret services, face obstacles in making official contacts and other restrictions. There have been very many such cases. We don’t speak of them publicly, but regularly notify the American side of our concerns. The US authorities have taken a course towards tightening of the notification regime that has existed for decades for the trips of Russian junior and medium-level diplomatic staff 25 miles (40 km) away from the center of the city, in which the relevant representative office is located.

Jun 23 10:17

Ukrainian military fire about 280 mortar shells on Donetsk outskirts. Ukrainian troops shell people’s militia positions 13 times

Units of the Ukrainian armed forces fired 274 mortar shells overnight on the northern and western outskirts of Donetsk, the Yasinovataya and Gorlovka areas, as well as on villages in the south of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), a DPR security source told the Donetsk News Agency on Thursday. "In the period from 21:00 pm (Wednesday) to 02:00 am, the Ukrainian side shelled Spartak, Yasinovataya, the Donetsk airport territory, the settlements of Kominternovo, Sakhanka, Petrovskoye, Mineralnoye and Vasilyevka," the agency reported. Gorlovka, the Alexandrovka settlement and the Gagarin and Abakumov mines also came under fire. "Overall, the Ukrainian side fired 194 mortar shells of 120 mm caliber and 80 shells of 82 mm caliber," the source said. According to him, along with mortars the Ukrainian forces also used weapons of infantry fighting vehicles. The information about casualties is being ascertained.

Jun 23 10:16

Adolph Hitler: Agent of the Round Table

The man who discovered Hitler and advanced his career in Germany was Ernst Hanfstaengl, a German businessman with key links to the Round Table conspirators and the highest echelons of power in the US, right up to the office of the American president at the time.

Jun 23 08:49

Vladimir Putin Exposes Vaccines As U.S. Cover Up, International Conspiracy

The vaccine industry has almost every world leader, the United States included, in its back pocket. All, that is, except for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has commonly spoken out against Western dilemmas, such as GMOS. According to a report in Yournewswire, the vocal Russian President has grown even further distraught by Western vaccines.

Jun 23 08:19

Ukraine's Ethnic Romanians Demand Autonomy Rights

The assembly of ethnic Romanians living in Ukraine’s Chernivtsi region has called on President Petro Poroshenko to grant them territorial autonomy status, the newspaper Ukrainski Novyni reported, citing the Assembly’s coordinator Dorin Chirtoaca.

Jun 23 08:05

Russian MP: EU is community of corporate interests rather than values or principles

The European Union is a community based on corporate interests rather than on common values or principles, a Russian lawmaker said on Wednesday commenting on Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto’s statement that the extension of the anti-Russian sanctions six more months is a wrong decision.

Jun 23 07:59

Putin: International Situation Today Like at Start of World War II

Speaking to the State Duma at its closing session, Vladimir Putin reminded deputies of the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of the USSR. He also said Russia sought cooperation on international security, but there is no reciprocation from the other side

Jun 23 07:54

No Secrets: Russia to Publish Catalog Disclosing US Military Satellites

The Russian platform would become an analogue to the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) catalog. It lists over 45,000 tracked objects. Every object has its five-digit number, NORAD ID.

However, in addition to tracking non-military satellites and space debris, the Russian catalog will include data which the United States Space Command does not make public.

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Putin is sending a message that he knows where to find those military satellites ... just a week after demonstrating a weapon that can take those satellites down!

Jun 23 07:08

“hello, lenin!” three components of america’s misguided foreign policy

by Edward Lozansky and Jim Jatras

Since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy could almost have been designed to undermine our national interests. Whether under Republican George W. Bush or Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, we have seen “regime changes” and “color revolutions,” facilitation of global jihadism while claiming to combat it, and gratuitous confrontation with post-communist Russia which was going out of its way to become our reliable ally.

Donald Trump is right to question the value of these foolish and dangerous commitments. If he is elected, he needs to take a hard look at the three components that have ill-served us for so long and should be jettisoned the same way Russia dumped Marxism-Leninism in 1991. If on the other hand Hillary Clinton, a Leninist if ever there was one, is elected, we know that she will continue and even intensify them with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Jun 22 15:14

If Something Has Been Hacked, It Was Surely Russia – Ask Anyone!

A pro-Islamic State hacking group known as the Cyber Caliphate, has been propping up the terrorists’ offensive online.

Jun 22 15:03

The Political Establishment’s Hubris On Russia

There are dangerous provocations along Russia’s western border that have received little or incredibly one-sided coverage by the U.S. media. Thus the US public is not aware of the possibility of a major conflict between two nuclear-armed powers occurring due to an accident or misinterpretation.

Jun 22 14:33

Video: Why Am I To Blame? ‘Clean’ Russian Athletes May Be Banned From 1st Olympics Due To Doping Scandal

The International Olympic Committee says that Russian athletes will be evaluated individually to determine their eligibility to compete in the Rio Games.

Jun 22 12:04

“Hillary ready to storm Russia tomorrow”: Putin warns public of US elections outcome

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country faces a greater threat of war from Hillary Clinton becoming US President, as opposed to Donald Trump.

Jun 22 11:32

OBAMA TRIES TO WOO ALLIES IN FINAL PUSH FOR TRADE DEALS ONLY CORPORATIONS LIKE

President Barack Obama’s recent trips to Europe and Asia were more than farewell tours with photo ops. While the media focused on an admittedly cute picture of thepresident shaking hands with Prince George, and dutifully reported his official remarks in Vietnam and Hiroshima, Obama was busy pushing some of the policies he sees as integral to his “legacy.”

These include a military buildup against a newly assertive China and beating the drums for two international trade deals that are increasingly opposed in the United States, Europe and Asia as being too corporate-friendly.

Jun 22 11:27

Ukr. doctor gloats about killing militia soldiers on surgical table | Eng Subs

Jun 22 09:54

Iran becomes the seventh full member of the Shanghai Organization

Kremlin advisor Yuri Ushakov said on Thursday that it is expected that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), led by Russia and China, to accept Iran as their seventh full member at the summit in Uzbekistan.

Jun 22 09:33

President Putin addresses Duma on 22 June 2016

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Turn on closed captions for the English translation.

Jun 22 09:24

Merkel wants Germany military budget boosted to counter ‘external threats’

Germany should substantially increase its defense spending to cope with “external threats,” Chancellor Angela Merkel has said, stressing that Berlin can’t count on the US, and the EU is incapable of defending itself.

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Imagine an EU army. Then Erdogan forces Turkey into the EU and begins provoking its neighbors into conflicts. It would turn into Erdogan's army and he would use it to gain power and control the EU and the region, thus creating his Sultanate.

Jun 22 08:51

US Think Tanks Lost in Own Fantasy World of Russian Aggression and Imminent Collapse

It’s like clockwork. Oil price is on the rise again, as this column foresaw earlier this year. And the increasing possibility of Brexit is sending EU decision centers on a tailspin.

So it's time for US Think Tankland – as in CIA front Stratfor, among others – to renew their spin offensive, mixing “analyses” of imminent Russian economic collapse with calls for more NATO pressure over Russia’s western borderlands.

Jun 22 08:49

50 Years Ago: Charles De Gaulle Called for Russia and Europe to Dump the US

During a visit to the Soviet Union the French leader said that the two countries should effect a rapprochement without American interference

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De Gaulle signaled his intention to withdraw France from NATO. This was followed by an assassination attempt (one of over 30) on De Gaulle, which involved the CIA, according to a 1975 Chicago Tribune article.

Jun 22 07:13

Putin: Russia Achieves 'Significant Progress' With Missile Defense Systems

On Friday, President Vladimir Putin declared that Russia has achieved significant progress in the development of its missile defense systems.

"We will perfect our missile strike capability to preserve balance, only because of that," he said.

Jun 22 02:02

Putin Warns of Nuclear War (VIDEO)

The world never truly understood how close we came to mutually assured destruction...

Jun 22 01:47

Russia remembers victims of Great Patriotic War on Day of Memory and Grief

Today marks exactly 75 years since Nazi troops attacked the Soviet Union. During the 1,418 days of the Great Patriotic war about 27 million of Soviet citizens were killed including 18 million of civilians.
3:30 MSK - on this hour on June 22, 1941 Nazi troops inflicted the first artillery attack on Soviet frontier guards... In memory of those who were killed in that war Russia declared June 22 the Day of Memory and Grief. On June 22, all across Russia people will lower national flags. The authorities recommend television channels and radio stations not to broadcast entertainment programs on this day. On the radio famous Russian actors and presenters will read children's diaries of the war years. They were written during the siege of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), in ghettos and concentration camps, in the rear and on the front line...

Jun 22 01:34

Militia source reports over 190 shells were fired at Ukraine's Donetsk republic

The shellings targeted the villages of Spartak, Zhabichevo, Trudovskye on the outskirts of Donetsk, Zaytsevo in northern Gorlovka, Yelenovka, Mineralnoye and the outskirts of the Gagarina coal mine between 22.00 p.m. on Tuesday and 3.50 a.m. on Wednesday, the source told the Donetsk News Agency. "A total of 94 shells with the caliber of 120mm and 98 shells with the caliber of 82mm were fired at these areas," he said. The Kiev forces opened fire from the positions in Avdeyevka, Zhovanki, Taramchuk, Maryinka, Shirokino, Pesky and Shumy. They also used grenade launchers and small arms.
Ukraine's self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic Defense Ministry has reported 13 ceasefire violations committed by the government forces over the past 24 hours - http://tass.ru/en/world/883879

Jun 21 15:17

If You Value Life, Wake Up! — Paul Crag Roberts

Washington is putting its nuclear missiles on Russia’s borders, conducting war games on Russia’s borders, and stationing its Navy off Russia’s coasts in the Black and Baltic seas. To cover up its reckless, irresponsible aggression toward a nuclear power, Washington accuses Russia of aggression.

Jun 21 15:11

America Is an Aggressive Empire

Looking for a four-year faceoff with a nuclear-armed Russia? Hillary’s the one!

Jun 21 14:39

NATO Commander Admits There's No Threat of Russia Invading the Baltics

NATO has launched an unprecedented buildup in Eastern Europe, specifically focusing on the Baltic region, continuously citing "Russian aggression." But one alliance general has suggested that the West has no reason to believe Moscow has any intention to invade its neighbors.

Last Tuesday, NATO agreed to deploy "four robust multinational battalions" that will serve in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland on a rotational basis. According to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, these troops are necessary to show that the alliance will "continue to protect and defend all Allies against any threats coming from any direction."

US Army soldiers representing units participating in the the Anaconda-16 military exercise, attend the opening ceremony, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, June 6, 2016.
© AFP 2016/ ALIK KEPLICZ
NATO Battalions on Russian Borders Could Easily Grow Into Larger Contingent

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Pavel's comments assure me that there some "adults in the room" in NATO high command; my great fear, however, in this circumstance, is that Pavel and his logic will be overruled by other commanders, drunk on the smell of their own cork, who really WANT a war with Russia, and believe, with intense hubris, that they could actually win it.

Jun 21 14:20

Destroying the Magnitsky Myth. WPost’s ‘Agit-Prop’ for the New Cold War

Despite all the threats of lawsuits and physical intimidation which hedge fund executive William Browder brought to bear over the past couple of months to ensure that a remarkable investigative film about the so-called Magnitsky case would not be screened anywhere, it was shown privately in a museum of journalism in Washington, D.C., last week. The failure of the intimidation may give heart to others. There is talk that the film may be shown publicly in Norway, where its production company is located, but where an attempt several weeks ago to enter it into a local festival for documentaries was rejected by the hosts for fear of lawsuits. Moreover, a Norwegian court has in the past week declined to hear the libel charges which Browder’s attorneys were seeking to bring against the film’s director and producers...

Jun 21 13:59

‘AS FAST AS THEY WANT’: US COMMANDER SAYS RUSSIA OUTPACES NATO IN DEPLOYMENT CAPABILITIES

Russian capabilities to deploy troops at long distances are “scary” as they outweigh those of NATO, the commander of US Army Europe has said, calling for “a military Schengen zone” that would allow troops to move back and forth within the bloc’s territory.

“Their snap exercises that they [Russia] do, I personally am surprised each time they do it. And so you can see why that scares me,” Gen. Hodges said, obviously referring to the Russian Army’s large-scale military drills intended to test troops’ readiness and combat capabilities.

Hodges’s remarks echoed a February report by RAND Corporation that claimed NATO “cannot successfully defend the territory of its most exposed members,” adding that the Baltic cities of Tallinn and Riga would be overrun by Russian forces in less than “60 hours.” The alarming report came as the Pentagon announced plans to quadruple its spending in Europe in 2017.

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The question one has to ask (but didn't get asked of Gen. Hodges) is why in sam's hill would Russia want to invade a NATO country?!?

This just absolutely does not make sense; Russia wants to trade and do business with the world; not invade the rest of the planet!!

Jun 21 13:42

What Russia will do if Ukraine joins the NATO mission in the Black Sea

In the course of the two-day NATO summit on June 14 and 15 in Warsaw Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak presented his roadmap" for reforming the country's defense sector, which by 2020 should align the Ukrainian army with NATO standards. As a result several NATO countries rushed to say that they would allot additional aid to Kiev, as well as provide comprehensive support for the government's policies. Ukraine said that one of its plans in the near future was to join the NATO patrol mission in the Black Sea with Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria (all these countries, as well as Russia, border the Black Sea). This announcement has left Moscow worried. The Russian Foreign Ministry hurried to say that Russia has a "very serious and cautious" approach to its southern neighbor's new idea. "We are carefully following this discussion and hope that it will not lead to increased risks in the region.

Jun 21 13:23

Russia as the Last Obstacle to Global Planetary Genocide

The West led by the United States fights for the establishment of a unified world order. This is the social essence of globalization. Many people naively believe that there is nothing wrong with this process, and even that the new order could be more humane and fair. Suffice it to see how the problem of employment is being solved to realize the elusiveness of such hopes. Instead of well-being, we have ecological genocide. Russia must find its own solution for engaging people in the future, independent of any imposed global order...

Jun 21 13:16

Ukrainian journalist: EU unofficially banned visas for "ATO" veterans. Ukrainian M.D. admits killing Donbass combattants

“Sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, two Ukrainian embassies in Europe, and three EU countries’ embassies in Ukraine, one of which is one of the former Soviet Baltic states, have confirmed that more than a month ago they received the order NOT to issue visas of any kind to demobilized ATO participants,” Pikhovshek is quoted as saying by “PolitNavigator.” “The explanation: their behavior represents a danger to the public. These sources are reliable,” the journalist asserted. In May, the EU decided to suspend the process of removing visa requirements for Ukrainians. The foreign ministers of the largest EU states, France and Germany, stood in favor of such a move.

Jun 21 13:01

Lawmaker says US attempts to persuade everybody to boycott SPIEF failed

"He (Obama) did his utmost in an attempt to make Russia look like a big blank spot on the map of the planet. He did his best to persuade everybody not to go to our forum in St. Petersburg," the parliamentarian said, adding that this plan has "failed brilliantly." Nikonov noted that SPIEF 2016 "was record-setting in terms of the number of participants," with agreements worth around 1 trillion rubles ($15 billion) signed at it." "The forum was a huge success," the lawmaker added. "Despite Obama’s warnings, people eventually came to St. Petersburg, because they look at the physical map of the world and see there one-eighth of the land, which is larger in area than all the Western countries involved in anti-Russian sanctions," he went on to say.

Jun 21 12:44

Lavrov stresses inadmissibility of pandering Jabhat al-Nusra

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that it is inadmissible to pander the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group which is seeking to affiliate itself with the US-oriented opposition, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday after Lavrov’s telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. "The conversation focused on the problems of the Syrian settlement, including measures to enhance the ceasefire regime and step up uncompromising fight against terrorists," the ministry said. "Sergey Lavrov once again drew attention to the inadmissibility of pandering the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group which is hiding behind the US-oriented opposition and even closely cooperating with it."

Jun 21 12:43

DPR leader says republic to set election date if Ukraine fails to do it

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) will appoint local elections by its own in case Ukraine’s parliament fails to pass a DPR-agreed law on elections in Donbass by July 14, DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko said on Tuesday. "Ukraine either adopts a law on local elections agreed with us by July 14 or not. If it doesn’t, we will take a decision on local elections ourselves," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. "I doubt Ukraine will be able to pass the law on local elections in Donbass by July 14." He said he doesn’t rule out local elections in the republic could be held this year.

Jun 21 12:37

Member of US delegation says its visit of Crimea symbolically breaks sanctions

"We condemn the sanctions and we actually feel that by coming here, by visiting Crimea and staying at the hotel there in Yalta and enjoying the Black Sea that we are in fact symbolically breaking the sanctions," Murray said at a news conference in Simferopol. She said the energy and food blockades of Crimea were "human rights violation." "It’s really shocking that it happened in such a peaceful place in Crimea," Murray said. She said the delegation led by Center for Citizen Initiatives (CCI) President Sharon Tennison is planning to organize a swim for peace in Yalta on Wednesday. "We would like to have as many Russians and Americans swimming together in the Black Sea as possible," Murray said.

Jun 21 10:09

US Nato general fears rapid Russian troop deployments

The commander of US troops in Europe says Nato cannot rapidly deploy large forces to Eastern Europe in the way that Russia can.

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I see a lot of military swarming all over Europe ... painted in NATO colors!

Jun 21 08:48

Cold War 2.0? D-Day-style beach landings and B-52 bomber dummy raids on Russia's doorstep

NATO has carried out war games in the Baltics to test its ability to counter Russian aggression at sea, with D-Day-style beach landings, amphibious crafts and the B-52 Stratofortress bomber carrying out dummy mine laying missions.

Jun 21 07:37

BEX ALERT - Russia to ‘conquer the moon’ and station a squad of cosmonauts in permanent lunar outpost

It might sound like the plot of a James Bond movie, but the very real plan is likely to leave politicians from the West feeling both shaken and stirred.

The space agency RosCosmos has spent years working on its lunar base scheme and has slowly released tantalising details of the plans.

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Even the cheap tabloids are being recruited to bash Russia!

Jun 21 07:28

wheels finally come off the Guardian’s Russophobia

The Graun’s latest piece of Russophobia is so flamingly, screamingly ridiculous, there’s no need to deconstruct it….

Jun 21 07:27

Saber-Rattling vs Common Sense: NATO Drills in Poland 'Remarkably Foolish'

NATO's Anaconda 2016 military exercises, which recently wrapped up in Poland, were exceptionally foolish because of their deliberately provocative nature, according to John Mearsheimer, a University of Chicago political scientist.

Jun 21 07:26

Russia and Kazakhstan Offer Crisis-Stricken EU Highway Out of TTIP Misery

Commenting on Friday's proposal by the Presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia for a Eurasian economic partnership, Russian analysts told the Vzglyad newspaper the union would be an effective counter to US economic expansionism, and help the EU to overcome its crises.

Jun 20 23:34

If You Value Life, Wake Up! — Paul Craig Roberts

Putin: “We Know and they Know that we Know…People do not Understand how Dangerous the Situation Really Is”

Washington is putting its nuclear missiles on Russia’s borders, conducting war games on Russia’s borders, and stationing its Navy off Russia’s coasts in the Black and Baltic seas. To cover up its reckless, irresponsible aggression toward a nuclear power, Washington accuses Russia of aggression.

Jun 20 20:10

The Assault | The Battle of Stalingrad (1 of 3)

"The Eastern Front experienced the viciousness of war on a scale of unimaginable horror and brutality. The bloodiest and most savage fighting took place in Stalingrad between August 1942 and February 1943. Stalin's city on the Volga had military significance for Hitler. It carried the name of his enemy and therefore had to be destroyed. The ensuing battle sealed the fates of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians and marked the turning point of World War II. It was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

Filmed from both the German and Russian perspective, the series contains footage shot by soldiers during the siege. The Russian archives opened their doors to the filmmakers, granting them exclusive access to previously unreleased material.

Jun 20 15:16

Russia To Work With Any Elected US President: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is ready to work with any president that the people in the United States elect.

Putin said in an interview with CNN aired on Sunday that Russia will “work with any president that the American people will vote for.”

Jun 20 15:13

US Strategy For Russia - Wage War But Not Declare It

Putin said as much at last week’s St. Petersburg meetings: “People feel no danger and that is alarming for me. Why can't we see that we are dragging the world into an utterly new dimension? This is the problem.” “I am not interested in laying blame now. I simply want to say that if this policy of unilateral actions continues and if steps in the international arena that are very sensitive to the international community are not coordinated then such consequences are inevitable.” By consequences, Putin meant war, undeclared by the US against Russia, compelling Russia to forestall in its defence. “If we continue to act according to this logic, escalating [tensions] and redoubling efforts to scare each other, then one day it will come to a cold war”. Cold is not the kind of war Putin means. “I don't know where it [the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system in Europe] might lead to but I know for sure that we will have to respond”...

Jun 20 14:06

The horde of Khan Islyamov at Crimea's Gates

The illegal Majlis [organization of Crimean Tatar radicals] is preparing to form a Crimean Tatar army for the invasion of the Crimean peninsula. On Ukrainian television, one of the architects of the Crimean blockade, Lenur Islyamov, declared that the time had come for a Crimean Tatar army within the Armed Forces of Ukraine. ‘Maybe now, the Crimean Tatars will understand that now is the time for its own army. We have our own political power, we have deputies in the Supreme Council of Ukraine, but we don’t have our own army. Accordingly, we should do what’s necessary to bolster our army within Ukraine. We want to take our national politics down a new path, declared Islyamov... Supposedly, 500 natives of Crimea would serve in the battalion. Chubarov says, that the newly formed volunteer units will accommodate all faithful Muslims, providing a Imam, Halal food, etc,.

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 20 13:51

Russia, U.S. “Losing Patience” With One Another Over Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

As the recent standoff between Russian and American jet fighters over Syria still simmers in the headlines, both sides are claiming a loss of patience with the other regarding the support and opposition for Western-backed terrorist forces and the government of Bashar al-Assad.

Not even a week before the standoff, the United States via war criminal and Skull and Bones member John Kerry warned the Russians, Iranians, and the Syrians that U.S. patience is “not infinite.”...

Jun 20 13:46

Putin: "Ukraine Conflict Was Manufactured to Justify NATO's Existence" (VIDEO)

Putin outs the West in supporting Chechen separatism in Russia during the 1990s and early 2000s. Having weakened the country, the US withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, assuming that Russia would never again pose a nuclear threat to US hegemonic power. It continued to build up its nuclear capability, and today inches closer to Russia's borders. In the absence of an exterior threat, Putin went on to say that the Washington-orchestrated coup in the Ukraine was done to justify the existence of an ever-expanding NATO bloc, under the pretext of the mythical "Russian aggression".

Jun 20 12:53

US Jets Fail To Stop Russian Bombers Over Syria: Report

American fighter jets have unsuccessfully tried to stop Russian bombers from striking US-backed militants in Syria, a new report claims.

Jun 20 12:52

Putin: ‘EU is Russia’s friend; NATO is the problem’

Vladimir Putin used a keynote address in his home city of St. Petersburg this weekend to outline his belief that America uses NATO to drive a wedge between the EU and Russia. Instead, he offered an alternative vision for European unity.

Jun 20 12:32

Russians to be stripped of citizenship if hired by foreign special services — bill

An amendment proposed for the second reading of a package of anti-terror bills in the lower house of Russia’s parliament will strip Russians of their citizenship for their hire for work with foreign special services, according to information posted on the State Duma’s website on Monday. In particular, a provision will be introduced into the law on citizenship to the effect that Russian citizenship may be terminated as a result of exiting from it pursuant to the voluntary expression of a person’s will made in writing as per the established form and also "the voluntary expression of a person’s will made in the form of committing acts stipulated by this law." A person, in particular, will be deemed to have lost Russian citizenship "as a result of enrolling for military service, work with security bodies or law enforcement bodies, including in courts, of a foreign state from the day of enrolment for such service".

Jun 20 12:28

Militia source reports shelling of Donetsk outskirts

A source in the law enforcement agencies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has reported 87 shells fired at the northern suburb of Donetsk, Yasinovataya and Dokuchayevsk late on Sunday and overnight to Monday. The forces shelled an area of the Yasinovatsky roadblock, the villages of Mineralnoye, Spartak and Zhabichevo, the Donetsk airport’s territory and Dokuchayevsk from 9.50 p.m. on Sunday.
The Ukrainian security forces over the past 24 hours have eight times opened fire on the positions of the people’s militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), the republic’s Defense Ministry told the LuganskInformCenter agency on Monday. - http://tass.ru/en/world/883476

Jun 20 12:25

Russian and American Jets Dangerously Close To Combat As Destabilization Of Syria Continues

By Brandon Turbeville

Every day the U.S. and NATO insist on continuing the destabilization of Syria is a day closer to the potential for a cataclysmic confrontation between the Western powers and Russia. While Russia has shown considerable restraint and NATO has attempted to push Russia as far as possible without going over the line, the world is rapidly approaching a situation where one misstep could result in not only regional but worldwide conflict.

Such a potentially disastrous occurrence almost took place yesterday when Russian and American jets came dangerously close to combat over the skies of Syria during the course of a Russian bombing campaign against terrorists in al-Tanf near the Jordanian border...

Jun 20 12:25

Kiev signs $260 mln contract with US bank to finance nuclear sector project — minister

The agreement was reached during a recent US visit by a Ukrainian government delegation led by Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman. "An agreement was signed, including by the ministry, with an American bank worth 260 million U.S. dollars, which provides for a possibility to diversify flows and supplies of nuclear fuel elements to replace them by Westinghouse, and nuclear waste too". President of Ukraine’s NPP operator Energoatom Yuri Nedashkovsky said earlier bigger use of fuel from US Westinghouse Company at Ukrainian nuclear power plants does not breach Ukraine’s contractual obligations with Russia on fuel delivery by Russia’s TVEL. However TVEL Fuel Company Vice-President Oleg Grigoryev said Russia had not received any official notice from Ukraine on loading Westinghouse fuel into the reactors of the South Ukraine NPP.

Jun 20 12:21

Russian lawmakers indignant at possible suspension of Russian team from Rio Olympics

"Members of the Russian State Duma are indignant at this idea - to ban our team take part in the Olympic Games. Tomorrow we will discuss that issue at our session and will obviously pass a corresponding resolution"...
Lawmaker says unfair, illegal war declared against Russian athletes - http://tass.ru/en/sport/883520
Russian athletics body seeks foreign lawyers’ assistance when filing lawsuit to CAS - http://tass.ru/en/sport/883487
Russian athletics chief says he was suspended from IAAF Council - http://tass.ru/en/sport/883464

Jun 20 12:07

General Staff: It is Russian patience, not US’, that is waning over Syria

"If anyone’s patience on Syria is waning, it is our patience, not the United States’. We are in full compliance with our obligations to maintain ceasefire and ensure national reconciliation in Syria. In the meantime, the American side always has problems with the ‘opposition under its control," Gerasimov said. "Whenever we hear claims from the Pentagon we use communication lines not professionally, it gets clear that they are either ignorant of the existing channels of interaction or get wrong information"...

Jun 20 09:46

Russia successfully tests anti-satellite missile capable of wiping out US navigation, communications and intelligence devices

The Nudol direct ascent missile was launched from facility in north Russia[/*]Launch represents a major milestone for nation as it modernises weaponry[/*]Russian reports have insisted the missile is to provide 'long-range defense'[/*]See more Russia news as country successfully tests anti-satellite missile[/*][/list]Russia has successfully tested an anti-satellite missile capable of wiping out U.S. navigation, communications and intelligence devices.

The Nudol direct ascent missile was launched from a facility in Plesetsk, 500 miles north of Moscow, and was monitored by U.S. intelligence.

It is unknown whether the Nudol was fired at a target or just launched on a suborbital trajectory but the successful test represents a major milestone for Russia as it continues to modernise its strategic arsenal under President Vladimir Putin.

Jun 20 09:45

A Force To Be Reckoned With: China And Russia Are Building Some Seriously Advanced Sea-Based Weapons

Along with the mounting tensions between the United States and China in the Pacific, and the former and Russia in the Atlantic comes a steady buildup of submarines in both respective theaters of naval combat. The Russians have been accomplishing a great deal in stealth technology, especially with Kilo-class boats converted into stealth subs. Dubbed “the black holes of the Russian Navy,” these quiet refitted diesel subs with the stealth technology are starting to roll steadily off of the assembly lines.

Jun 20 09:15

Austria: 'EU should gradually lift Russian sanctions'

Austria’s foreign minister has called for the EU to come to an agreement with Russia over the possible lifting of sanctions placed on the country following the war with Ukraine.

Jun 20 08:36

How Russians See the West and Russia

I even had an opportunity to hear what teenagers had to say in two of those cities as my travel mate and I participated in a Q&A session with students of a private high school in St. Petersburg and teens who were part of various youth clubs in Krasnodar. Their questions reflected a thoughtful engagement with the world as they led to discussions on environmental sustainability, socially responsible economics and how to promote initiative, goodwill and peaceful conflict resolution.

Many of the adults were no less thoughtful during the formal interviews and informal conversations I had with them. Admittedly, I wondered how I would be received as an American during one of the most acrimonious periods of U.S.-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War.

Jun 20 08:13

U.S. and Russian Jets Clash Over Syria

U.S. and Russian fighter jets bloodlessly tangled in the air over Syria on June 16 as the American pilots tried and failed to stop the Russians from bombing U.S.-backed rebels in southern Syria near the border with Jordan.

The aerial close encounter underscores just how chaotic Syria’s skies have become as Russia and the U.S.-led coalition work at cross-purposes, each dropping bombs in support of separate factions in the five-year-old civil war.

The near-clash also highlights the escalating risk of American and Russian forces actually coming to blows over Syria, potentially sparking a much wider conflict between the world’s leading nuclear powers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to point out that Russia is in Syria at the express invitation of the Syrian government.

The US is not!

Jun 20 08:06

Dmitry Orlov: The US Is Sleepwalking Towards A Nuclear Confrontation

Russia will not fall back and allow the winter to kill the invaders.
They have adapted to new technologies and ways to make war.

Jun 20 07:57

Putin Thinks West Supported Coup in Kiev to Justify Existence of NATO

Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks that the West supported the coup in Ukraine to justify the existence of NATO.

"After the ‘Arab Spring’ they have already moved closer to our borders. Why did they need to support the coup in Ukraine? There is a complicated internal political situation there, and the opposition that is in power today would have most likely come to power by democratic means, through elections, as well. That’s it, we would have worked with them just like we worked with the authorities before (former Ukrainian) President (Viktor) Yanukovych," Putin said on Friday at a plenary session at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

"No, they had to take it to the coup with victims, to cause bloodshed, civil war, to intimidate the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine’s south-east and in Crimea. What for?" he asked adding that Moscow "just had to take measures to protect certain groups of population," he continued.

Jun 20 07:34

Crimeans Recount Their Experiences When The West Took Ukraine

This news-report consists of a compilation of accounts that Crimeans have given to human rights groups or directly posted to the internet, regarding their experiences when the freely elected President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, who had received 75% of the votes of Crimeans, was violently overthrown during January and February of 2014.

Jun 19 16:27

"I Don't Need A War In The Black Sea" - Another NATO Member Folds As Bulgaria Refuses To Join Naval Task Force

Following Germany's scandalous statement accusing NATO of "warmongering" toward Russia and revealing how deep the European fissures within NATO truly are, Reuters added that NATO-member, and Black Sea coast country Bulgaria "appeared to buckle to Russian pressure on Thursday" when its Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said he would not join a proposed NATO fleet in the Black Sea "because it should be a place for holidays and tourists, not war."

Jun 19 09:14

Germany Just Called Out NATO and the US for “Warmongering” and “Saber-rattling” with Russia

By Matt Agorist

Last week marked the official launch of NATO’s Anakonda-16 war games, calling for the largest assembly of foreign forces in Poland since World War II.

The exercise consisted of 30,000 troops supported by several arsenals of vehicles, aircraft and ships will be deployed in one of the biggest exercises on NATO’s eastern flank since the end of the Cold War...

Jun 19 08:42

Russia strikes over $15 billion worth of deals despite sanctions at SPIEF 2016

Over 12,000 people from 130 countries took part in the forum, Anton Kobyakov, executive secretary of the forum's Organizing Committee, said.

All in all, 30 ministers from 21 countries took part in SPIEF, he said, adding that representatives of least 1,300 companies had attended, 880 of which were CEOs.

At least 332 official agreements worth more than $15.4 billion have been signed at the forum so far, not including unofficial deals, Kobyakov added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meanwhile Europeans are suffering under those same Russian sanctions.

Jun 19 08:36

Trailer for Oliver Stone's documentary "Ukraine on Fire"

OLIVER STONE accuses the CIA for UKRAINE'S COUP and the KIEV MASSACRE. He believes the Western Media is NOT reporting the TRUTH about the developments of the Urkaine Crisis and is PRODUCING a NEW DOCUMENTARY on the UKRAINE CRISIS based on the Truth.

He claims the "CIA'S Fingerprints are all over the KIEV MASSACRE. "American film director and Pentagon critic Oliver Stone has announced he is shooting a documentary on Ukraine’s revolution arguing the CIA

Jun 19 08:27

Whitehall fears Russian football hooligans had Kremlin links

UK government: we suspect many of those who attacked England supporters are in Russia’s uniformed services, fighting Putin’s ‘hybrid warfare’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't recall that Russia's uniformed military are allowed to have beards.

Jun 19 08:07

Huge Scandal Erupts Inside NATO: Alliance Member Germany Slams NATO "Warmongering" Against Russia

but even more troubling, was NATO's assessment that it may now have grounds to attack Russia when it announced that if a NATO member country becomes the victim of a cyber attack by persons in a non-NATO country such as Russia or China, then NATO’s Article V “collective defense” provision requires each NATO member country to join that NATO member country if it decides to strike back against the attacking country.

Jun 19 07:57

Syrian Army demolishes rebel building in Zamalka

The SAA reduces the terrorist strong point by tunneling under the building and placing tons of HE under the building and detonating it!

Jun 18 18:41

German FM Warns Against 'Saber-Rattling' Toward Russia

Germany's foreign minister has warned against relying on "saber-rattling" in the wake of military exercises aimed at demonstrating NATO's resolve to defend members in eastern Europe against Russia if that becomes necessary.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier was quoted by the Bild newspaper's website Saturday as saying that a "symbolic tank parade on the eastern border of the alliance" would not ensure security.

He argued for "embedding Russia in an international partnership of responsibility" through cooperation on arms control, the Middle East, and efforts to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Jun 18 14:59

Russian defense minister meets Assad, inspects Khmeimim airbase in Syria

Putin's answer to Kerry's state department memo.

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has visited Syria where he met with President Bashar Assad and inspected the Khmeimim air base, the Russian military said on Saturday. Shoigu and Assad discussed military cooperation and fight against terrorism.
Shoigu has met with the Syrian leader upon the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defense Ministry’s spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

The minister inspected Russian Khmeimim air base in Latakia Province and also inspected the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system deployed there.

The visit was not previously announced.

Jun 18 13:40

DANGER: Obama Ignores Russia’s Valid National Security Worries

When the democratically elected President of Ukraine was violently overthrown in February 2014 and replaced by a rabidly anti-Russian regime, not only the residents in the areas of Ukraine that had voted heavily for him (Crimea having voted 75% for him, and Donbass having voted 90% for him) were terrified by what they viewed to be a bloodthirsty new regime, but Russians were, too, because the dictators who were installed made clear their hatred of Russians and even of speakers of the Russian language — one of their first legislative initiatives was to outlaw the Russian language, but the blatant hatred there made the proposal die in Ukraine’s parliament because this new regime needed outside support, and outlawing a language spoken by around half of the nation’s population would have sparked international condemnation.

Jun 18 10:55

Chinese Investors Flock to St Petersburg Forum Despite Sanctions

Chinese tycoons and business executives attending the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum believe that the Russian market offers a bonanza of lucrative opportunities.

Zhang Yichen, CEO of CITIC Capital Holding Limited, one of the largest Chinese state investment corporations, told Sputnik that while his company has only just begun assessing the Russian market, the prospects so far look quite promising.

"Our company came to the St. Petersburg forum to study the investment climate in Russia and to make new contacts. I believe that the projects offered by Russia look very promising. There are plenty of areas one could invest in: agriculture, technology, research, even real estate," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, President Obama and your administration, on having pushed Russia and China even closer together economically through the sanctions against Russia on an accusation you simply made up, and that would be the alleged annexation of Crimea by Russia (which never actually happened, as you know.)

And what is China doing, over the past year, with US treasuries and stocks?!?

Dumping them.

As reported on 15 June 2016 at bloomberg.com:

For the past year, Chinese selling of Treasuries has vexed investors and served as a gauge of the health of the world’s second-largest economy. The People’s Bank of China, owner of the world’s biggest foreign-exchange reserves, burnt through 20 percent of its war chest since 2014, dumping about $250 billion of U.S. government debt and using the funds to support the yuan and stem capital outflows. While China’s sales of Treasuries have slowed, its holdings of U.S. equities are now showing steep declines. The nation’s stash of American stocks sank about $126 billion, or 38 percent, from the end of July through March, to $201 billion, Treasury Department data show. That far outpaces selling by investors globally in that span -- total foreign ownership fell just 9 percent. Meanwhile, China’s U.S. government-bond stockpile was relatively stable, dropping roughly $26 billion, or just 2 percent.

WOW, that's really going to turn the American economy around, Mr. President, isn't it?!?

And by "around", sir, I mean on its head, like an egg, being thrown off a bridge, and hitting the concrete at warp speed.

And of course, your " economic legacy" will not only include this act by China, but also, what you have done to fix the trade balance deficit, right?!? Let's see just how swimmingly that has gone for you and the Administration, as of late.

As reported as of 3 June 2016 in usnews.com:

The U.S. trade deficit, after falling to the lowest point in more than two years, increased in April as a surge in imported goods outpaced a rebound in exports. The Commerce Department said Friday that the deficit increased 5.3 percent in April to $37.4 billion, up from an imbalance of $35.5 billion in March. Exports increased 1.5 percent to $182.8 billion but imports rose faster, increasing 2.1 percent to $220.2 billion. The politically sensitive deficit with China surged 16.3 percent to $24.3 billion, a development certain to heighten trade tensions between the world's two largest economies. So far this year, the deficit is running 4.8 percent below the pace set a year ago with a fall in imports offsetting further weakness in U.S. exports, which have been hurt by a slowdown in global growth. U.S. export sales have also been hurt by a strong dollar which makes American products more expensive on overseas markets. However, the dollar has weakened a bit since peaking earlier this year. If that trend continues, it could help export sales going forward.

You know, sir, I never used to think that one person in the position of President could make such a series of catastrophically bad domestic and international choices as to put the economy into a bitter, lousy tailspin for most working Americans, whose jobs have been offshored/outsourced to the degree that they are now working several part-time jobs, if they can find them, to try to make ends meet; but yes, you could, Mr. President!!

Yes, you could!!

Jun 18 10:31

Tensions Between US/NATO & Russia Are Flaring Dangerously

The bottom line is this: If you're not already mentally and physically prepared for the prospect of a NATO/US war with Russia, you really should be.

Perhaps the chances of outright war are still low on a relative scale, but the costs would be catastrophically high -- making this worthy of your attention. A low risk of a catastrophic outcome is the very reason we all buy insurance – life, auto, and home. Not because we wish things to go wrong in our lives, but because they sometimes do nonetheless.

A Russian Warning

The list of aggressive provocations by NATO that have been received as belligerent acts by Russia is quite long. It stretches back several years and continues to grow rapidly, making the chance for an ‘accident’ or unplanned incident quite high.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the US and NATO are lacking, so far, is some sort of action or incident by Russia which can be used as an excuse to declare war; so most likely, the US and NATO will have to create some kind of false flag with which to sell their respective citizens on the need for war against Russia.

But I would strongly caution both NATO and the US government; after 9/11, and understanding how and why that was used as the premise for the US government to go to war against Afghanistan and Iraq, you have a very cynical, logical public, which refuses to get manipulated into another war on a pack of lies.

And should war be declared against Russia, you can bet that there will be a very vocal,(and hopefully, peaceful) and robust protest against it; and yes, the President can suspend the Constitution and declare martial law, but it will cause world leadership to see the US government for what it is; a collection of corporately-owned warmongers, pledged to keep the 1% which profits from death and destruction, blissfully profitable, at the expense of its own citizens and the world.

And the other caution I would share with those in Foggy Bottom and beyond is the following; right now, in its current state, the US military doesn't have the money; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

The US's weapons procurement process can only best be characterised as incestuous, and that is because the politicians who hand out the contracts have their campaigns fully supported, overtly and covertly, by the arms manufacturers who want those contracts. So the outcome here is weaponry which is defective (think the F-35), way late to the point of being obsolete when it is finally deployed, and profoundly over budget.

In consideration of all this, I would strongly urge members of Congress, the White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon, to be very, very careful about what you decide to do as your next move against Russia; the results of a war against Russia could well be both catastrophic, and irreversible, for the entire human race.

Jun 18 08:54

Korovin: Eastern Europe set to be "sacrificial victim" in US-NATO war on Russia

NATO structures are increasingly engulfing Europe. The director of the Center for Geopolitical Expertise and member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, Valery Korovin, expressed the opinion live on Sputnik radio that Europe is nothing more than expendable material for American military interests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, you Europeans did sort of okay the last two times we laid waste to your homes; you can do it again!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 18 07:54

The 2016 Super Bloc Vote Part II Unleashing David vs the Russian Goliath

Voting blocs, smoting blocs, who gives a damn? I got bloc’d in traffic the other day! This is America and everybody has a “voting bloc!” What ya’ didn’t know they’re on sale at Walmart? Two for a dolla’.

Jun 18 03:30

Why Do Russians Still Love Communism?

In recent years, many people cannot understand why masses of people in Russia, regardless of age, gender and education, feel so happy about the annexation of Crimea and the idea of a revival of the USSR.

Soviet symbols, patriotic songs of the Soviet period, portraits of Stalin, Lenin, the protection of monuments to them, and St. George's ribbons all give grounds for speaking about the revival of the Soviet Union with its ideas of world domination and gradual accession of the neighboring countries as its republics. Not as parts of Russia, but as republics of the Soviet Union, where "friend or foe" was determined not by nationality, but by ideological principle.

Jun 17 16:13

Russian warplanes bomb elite British-backed Syrian rebels

Russian warplanes bombed an elite force of US-trained Syrian rebels on Thursday in an attack apparently aimed at weakening the group’s ability to fight Isil.

The New Syrian Army (NSA), which receives training and direction from British, American and Jordanian special forces, said their base had been struck with cluster bombs.

The strike left two people dead and another 18 injured, appearing to incapacitate at least half of the force and drawing a furious reaction from Washington.

Jun 17 15:14

Vladimir Putin states David Cameron may have called EU referendum to 'blackmail Europe'

"There is a great problem with Brexit, why did he initiate this vote in the first place? Why did he do that? So he wanted to blackmail Europe or to scare someone, what was the goal if he was against?" Mr Putin said, according to the Press Association, on Friday night.

He denied suggestions that Russia would benefit from Britain's possible decision to leave the European Union.

Speaking at a meeting with the leaders of major international news agencies, Mr Putin said he had an opinion on the matter but would not voice it because it is not "our business at all - it is the business of the people of the UK".

Jun 17 14:37

NATO storing tanks & military hardware in Cold War-era Norwegian caves

NATO is deploying tanks and military equipment to a series of caves in Norway. They have been largely redundant since the end of the Cold War, but now the alliance is stocking up on hardware, which will be deployed near NATO’s border with Russia.

Jun 17 11:34

‘Allegedly’ Disappears as Russians Blamed for DNC Hack

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday (6/14/16) that Russian intelligence had hacked the DNC servers to steal opposition research on Donald Trump:

Jun 17 09:17

EU extends Russia sanctions over Crimea for 1 more year

The European Union extended Friday for one year its economic sanctions against Russia.

The EU said in a statement that its restrictive measures imposed over what it called Moscow’s illegal annexation of Crimea has been extended until June 23, 2017.

The sanctions, which have been in place for the past two years, prohibit certain exports and imports, and ban investment and tourism services by EU-based companies to Crimea. Moscow defends Crimea’s rejoining Russia as legitimate, saying more than 90 percent of the people in the Black Sea peninsula voted in favor of rejoining in the referendum of 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) why are the members of the EU, who have extended these sanctions, lying through their collective teeth, in order to pursue these sanctions?!?

Russia, for the gazillianth time, did not annex Crimean.

When Victor Yanukovych got dumped under the proverbial bus, courtesy of the putsch which put Poroshenko into power, the Crimeans knew that they had no legitimate representation in Kiev.

They then held a national referendum, which was characterised by observers as "free and fair" where the Crimean people voted to petition the Russian government to become a part of the Russian Federation. Russia accepted their referendum, and that was how they came back to being a part of Russia.

But EU members are starting to get annoyed at with whom they can, and cannot do business. There has been talk about various countries wanting to start re-establishing trade with Russia, which now the EU says they cannot do, with certain items, for at least one year.

This is why, most probably, we will see the breakup of the EU come with the Brexit, Grexit, and Frexit; the economic hurdles it throws up so speciously and flagrantly, are coming home to roost, and member nations are tired of it.

Jun 17 07:52

NATO chief makes personal pitch for Canada to join Baltic force to deter Russia

While Canada is facing a lot of international arm-twisting to join a NATO brigade destined for Eastern Europe, sources are telling CBC News the Trudeau government is hesitating over concerns participation could detract from future peacekeeping missions.

Jun 17 07:50

Russia wants Hyperloop for super-fast transport in Far East, seeks Chinese funds

The Hyperloop was first proposed in 2013 by US billionaire Elon Musk as an up-to-date open-sourced concept. Based on long-standing, but previously unviable ideas, the system would transport people and goods in capsules through a global network of pneumatic tubes at speeds up to 1280 kilometers per hour (800 mph). In May, Russian Railways said it was considering using a Hyperloop for transporting freight.

Jun 17 06:57

U.S. says it will stay in Black Sea despite Russian warning

The United States will maintain its presence in the Black Sea despite a Russian warning that a U.S. destroyer patrolling there undermined regional security, the U.S. Navy Secretary said.

Jun 17 06:42

Foreign Engagement Versus Aggression

The double standard in the media’s treatment of U.S. plans and actions (“us”) and those of our allies, on the one hand, and enemy/target plans and actions (“them”), on the other hand, applies at many levels. The United States has been intervening and fighting wars abroad almost continuously since World War II. This has involved frequent aggressions, using standard definitions of the word, with many of them extremely destructive, and with effects often not consistent with claimed objectives and very costly to U.S. taxpayers. But these cannot be designated “aggression” in our well-honed propaganda system. That word is reserved for dastardly actions such as the Russian takeover of Crimea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ignoring that small detail that Crimea voted to leave Ukraine and then voted to merge with Russia.

Jun 17 05:29

U.S. Diplomats Rebuke Obama On Syria And Call For Strikes On Assad

More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of U.S. policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war ceasefire.

The “dissent channel cable” was signed by 51 mid- to high-level State Department officers involved with advising on Syria policy.

The cable calls for “targeted military strikes” against the Syrian government in light of the near-collapse of the ceasefire brokered earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing copies of the cable it had seen.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that the memo was an “important statement” that he would discuss when he returned to Washington.

“It’s an important statement and I respect the process, very, very much. I will...have a chance to meet with people when I get back,” Kerry told Reuters during a visit in Copenhagen.

He said he had not seen the memo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, let me see if I can get my head around this.

These 51 diplomats are advocating for decap strikes against Al-Assad, and his army, to "punish" them for breaking the fragile truce.

But who, really, has been breaking the truce?!? I think, were the numbers accurate, we would discover in short order, that it has not been the Syrian military which has been breaking the truce,but US funded, supported, and armed jihadists, aided and abetted by the Turkish government, as has been incontrovertibly proven, time and time again.

I would like to politely point out that the Russian military has been invited by the Syrian government to get rid of all the bad guys, no matter whether they are US sponsored jihadists or not. The US military has not been invited into Syria, yet the US military is in Syria, featuring those "boots on the ground", which Obama promised would never happen,and with absolute hubristic impunity.

We are clearly risking war with Russia in Syria, by potentially attacking Syria more aggressively.

And it is a war the US government may well not be in a position to win, because the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And I have to wonder; how many of these 51 diplomats have sons or daughters serving in the US military right now?!? I am betting, only a very, very small number. And how many have significant stock holdings in the companies which make weapons of war?!? I am betting, a significant number.

And for people like these, it is most usually "other people's kids" who get killed or maimed for life in a military campaign, ultimately for private corporate profit.

Our military personnel matter to me a great deal, and I do not want to see them "thrown" at any perceived problem, which hard-fought, ethical negotiations could ultimately resolve in the geopolitical arena without bloodshed.

It appears that the US government has rather forgotten how to do this, and believes that it can simply "bully" other countries on this planet into submission with its aggressive military actions.

Ultimately, it is the people of Syria who should be allowed to make their own choices as to who governs them; this is not for any outside country to arbitrarily decide through "regime change".

Jun 16 23:12

Hawks rising: Dozens of State Dept officials call for US strikes against Assad in Syria

These people are crazy!

Bucking current US policy, dozens of State Department officials have reportedly signed an internal document calling for military action and regime change in Syria, claiming it is the only way to defeat Islamic State and end the war.

The document is alleged to have expressed frustration with America’s inability to halt a civil war in Syria that has killed around half a million people and contributed to a worldwide refugee crisis.

Jun 16 12:40

US 'Having Hard Time' Forcing EU to Deploy Troops Near Russian Borders

The attitude of NATO countries toward the planned deployment of troops in the Baltic States is far from united. There is a fierce debate going on in the alliance, with the United States literally struggling to coerce European states to strengthen military presence in the east, German magazine Focus Online wrote.

Jun 16 12:31

Russian ships ‘shadowing’ US, NATO vessels in Baltics

A US Navy commander says Russian surveillance ships are shadowing American and NATO vessels in the Baltic Sea where they are staging a drill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet if you held those drills in the Gulf of Mexico, Russia wouldn't show as much interest!

Jun 16 11:14

NATO aims to feed fears by painting Russia as ‘treacherous enemy’ – Russian Defense Ministry

Russia’s Defense Ministry has rejected allegations from NATO accusing Moscow of thwarting military transparency in Europe by holding an “unexpected” military exercise. The ministry blamed the block for deliberately creating the perception of a “Russian threat.”

Jun 16 09:58

Afghanistan Seeks to Ask Russia to Intensify Military Support

Moscow and Kabul will continue strengthening their military cooperation, Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 16 09:37

German ‘Boots on the Ground’ as NATO Troop Build-Up Continues on Syria-Turkey Border

The US and NATO are pulling out all stops to turn their Syrian quagmire into something resembling their objectives in Syria. While US and UK troops had been setting up base in the north of Syria ostensibly in order to strike ISIS in Raqqa, the Syrian Arab Army has stolen a march on them with air-cover from the RUAF.

Jun 16 09:36

McCain Beaten as Senate Allows Pentagon Space Launches Using Russian Rocket Engines

The Pentagon would be allowed to purchase up to 18 Russian-made rockets to launch spy satellites into orbit through 2022, under a deal the Senate passed Tuesday as part of a defense policy bill.

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., had pushed to wean the Defense Department off the RD-180 engines immediately, saying the purchases send millions of dollars to Russian President Vladimir Putin "and his cronies.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can you build a better rocket engine, John? Then shut the @#$% up!

Jun 16 08:59

Kerry tells Russia US patience on Syria ‘very limited’

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday to respect a fragile ceasefire, warning that Washington’s patience was running out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Small point we all might want to remember...

Russia is in Syria with the permission of Syria's government. The US is not!

Jun 16 08:44

NATO Says It Might Now Have Grounds To Attack Russia

NATO is now alleging that because Russian hackers had copied the emails on Hillary Clinton’s home computer, this action of someone in Russia taking advantage of her having privatized her U.S. State Department communications to her unsecured home computer and of such a Russian’s then snooping into the U.S. State Department business that was stored on it, might constitute a Russian attack against the United States of America, and would, if the U.S. President declares it to be a Russian invasion of the U.S., trigger NATO’s mutual-defense clause and so require all NATO nations to join with the U.S. government in going to war against Russia, if the U.S. government so decides.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


I hope this is just an attempt to bluff Putin into not releasing Hillary's emails!

Jun 15 14:54

NATO Says It Might Now Have Grounds To Attack Russia

On Tuesday, June 14th, NATO announced that if a NATO member country becomes the victim of a cyber attack by persons in a non-NATO country such as Russia or China, then NATO’s Article V “collective defense” provision requires each NATO member country to join that NATO member country if it decides to strike back against the attacking country. The preliminary decision for this was made two years ago after Crimea abandoned Ukraine and rejoined Russia, of which it had been a part until involuntarily transferred to Ukraine by the Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev in 1954. That NATO decision was made in anticipation of Ukraine’s ultimately becoming a NATO member country, which still hasn’t happened. However, only now is NATO declaring cyber war itself to be included as real “war” under the NATO Treaty’s “collective defense” provision.

Jun 15 14:00

NATO Violates Pledge to 'Not Station Permanent Combat Troops' in E. Europe

As NATO continues its largest military buildup in Eastern Europe since the end of the 20th century, international affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda discusses the West’s fueling of a new Cold War.

"Four thousand troops is not a military threat to Russia in any way, shape or form," Sleboda says, describing NATO’s plan to deploy four new battalions to the Baltics and Poland.

Jun 15 09:07

Russia Number One World Wheat Exporter

One of the comments most often heard by western mainstream economists is that Russia’s economy is too dependent on energy export and not able to be competitive in areas other than simple commodity export. While oil and gas exports remain a vital source of revenue for the State, it is far from the only one. Owing to USA and EU economic sanctions targeting the energy sector of Russia in 2014, in August 2014 the Kremlin retaliated with sanctions on a large range of EU and US food imports. Some months later in November 2015 after Turkey shot a Russian jet down over Syrian airspace, Moscow also banned major food imports from Turkey, especially tomatoes and cucumbers. The sharp reduction of food imports and select government agriculture incentives have resulted in a dramatic rise in Russian agriculture output.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A big reason is that Russia refuses to allow GMO (no doubt one of the reasons the US wants to attack them) and people/nations wanting safe healthy food are flocking to their doors!

Jun 15 08:08

Saber Strike Military Exercises Kick Off in Estonia

This year, over 10,000 servicemen from 13 NATO and partner nations are taking part in the drills. Participating nations include three Baltic states, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet another "exercise" right on Russia's doorstep.

Jun 14 14:25

MH-17 Probe Trusts Torture-Implicated Ukraine

The Ukrainian intelligence service that has been guiding the investigation of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down of July 2014 recently blocked a United Nations inquiry into alleged torture sites under Ukrainian government control.

Jun 14 13:42

BBC Commentator Says He’ll Boycott Russia World Cup Over Security Concerns

Veteran BBC sports commentator Alan Green says he will “under no circumstances” cover the 2018 World Cup in Russia amid days of violent clashes between football fans in Marseille.

Jun 14 12:47

The Russians Have Already Shot Down Numerous US Drones Violating Crimean Airspace

And one of them, the mother of all drones, the massive Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, was apparently commandeered by Russian electronic warfare and landed in Simferopol

Jun 14 07:30

NATO Begins Encirclement Of Russia

NATO prepares a veritable military buildup in Eastern Europe: German soldiers are operating in Lithuania, the British take over Estonia, and US soldiers move in to protect Latvia. The Canadians will be in Poland. Also in the Mediterranean, combat units are being increased. Russia perceives the activity as a threat, but hasn’t yet announced any countermeasures.

Jun 14 03:18

Superdelegate Tyranny?

It would appear Clinton has been coronated and not elected.

Too quick to judgment? The Democratic Party establishment and the media now call Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee to face off Donald Trump in November. Though this is before the Democrats hold their convention and while Clinton is still short of pledged delegates.

Jun 13 15:46

Tensions Rising Between Russia, U.S. – Do Drills And Bases Signal Troop Placement?

By Brandon Turbeville

With the rising tensions in Syria between the United States, NATO, Europe, and Russia, there are, once again, signs that both sides are preparing for the potential of some type of direct military confrontation between the world’s two superpowers.

While most individuals assume that both historical and future events arise as a result of a series of massive and seismic actions, the truth is often that a whimper precedes the bang. While many events are indeed sparked by a single definitive act, it is also true that, in the events leading up to the defining moment, rarely does the general public realize that they are walking along the path to such an event. Even rarer is the individual who realizes that this path was already carved out by high-level players in the halls of banks, corporations, governments, and secret societies long before the destination is ever reached...

Jun 13 12:33

Total War: Medieval Reenactors Take Down Drones With Spears In Russia

A group of medieval reenactors armed with spears challenged the superiority of modern technology in a ‘drone hunting’ competition at the Siberian Fire festival.

Jun 13 10:40

NULAND TO CONGRESS: WE SPEND $100 MIL A YEAR TRYING TO DESTABILIZE RUSSIA

On Tuesday [June 7, 2016], the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations scheduled a two-hour anti-Russian hate-fest. Lies, misinformation and jaw-dropping stupidity were on full display. The star witness of course, was Tricky Vicky Nuland.

These congressional committee meetings crack me up. In theory, they’re supposed to be interviewing witnesses to collect information. In reality it’s a platform for congressmen to make speeches satisfying the special interests who own them and then they read questions from prepared notes provided to them by “experts” or lobbyists (or maybe the witnesses themselves). Then they get the answers they want to hear from the witnesses. It is 100% theater.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me?!?

While this country's infrastructure crumbles; while kids are forced to drink water that rots their brains with lead, and gives them a huge number of other health problems; while homeless Vets sleep in their cars, not getting the health care they so desperately need; and GMO food makes people mortally ill, what "brainacs" in Congress believe that it is perfectly fine for this country to be spending $100 million dollars annually to "destabilize" Russia?!?

Russia is not the problem here; the problem is the absolutely pathological inability of ANYONE in the US government being able to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, coupled with alleged Congressional Representatives "being in bed" with the corporations which fund them, covertly or overtly.

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